Call for NRF Fellowship (Class of 2021)

The Singapore NRF Fellowship provides opportunities for early career researchers from all over the world to lead impactful research in Singapore. 

The Singapore NRF Fellowship offers:

  • A five-year research grant of up to SGD 3 million (approximately USD 2.15 million1), inclusive of general overheads.
  • Freedom to lead ground-breaking research in host institution of choice in Singapore2.


  • Outstanding researchers of any nationality, in their early stage of their research careers and are ready to take on their independent research, are eligible to apply.
  • PhD holders with research experience in any disciplines of science and technology (Computer Science, including Infocomm Technologies and Interactive Digital Media, Engineering, Life Sciences and Natural/Physical Sciences).
  • Applicant must not be holding an Assistant Professor or equivalent3 position at a local research institution for more than 1 year at the point of submission (i.e. defined by grant call closing date).
  • Applicant must not be at the RSE 3 level and above for more than 1 year at the point of submission (for A*STAR applicants).
  • Applicant must not be a recipient of a similar early career award in Singapore.
  • Applicant must be committed to take up an independent research appointment on a full-time basis in Singapore, if selected.

Application Details

Applications for the NRF Fellowship open from 4 December 2019 and must be submitted through the Integrated Grant Management System (IGMS) by 28 February 2020, 4.00pm (GMT+8). Late submission shall not be accepted.

Applicants shortlisted to the final rounds will be invited to Singapore in September 2020 for an interview by the NRF Fellowship Evaluation Panel (FEP), an international panel of eminent scientific leaders. 

Please refer to the NRF Fellowship Application Guide for more information. For any other NRF Fellowship related queries, please email us at

1 Based on the currency exchange rate of 1 USD = 1.4 SGD.
2 The award is contingent on the awardee taking on a full time appointment in an eligible host institution in Singapore.
3 Equivalent position includes lecturers, research assistant professors and adjunct professors holding non-tenured position.


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